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Phlebotomist/Interviewer Research Assistant

Phlebotomist/Interviewer Research Assistant

Phlebotomist/Interviewer RADAR Research Study Assistant: Job Summary
The Research Study Assistant performs biomedical and social-behavioral research by administering tests and questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating and processing responses; gathering information; and assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. The position completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and all relevant current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy and procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

Project Description: RADAR, a new NIH/NIDA-funded longitudinal study, will build a dynamic dyadic-network cohort of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) by hybridizing existing cohorts of YMSM and enrolling their romantic partners into the study. The goal of this project is to apply a “next generation” multilevel model to understand the syndemics of drug use and HIV-related health behaviors among a large cohort of YMSM (age 16-29) and inform “high-impact” HIV prevention with this vulnerable population. Multiple longitudinal observations of biological, individual, dyadic, and network data will be collected and analyzed.

Position Responsibilities: The Research Study Assistant’s primary activities involve the collection and handling of biomedical specimens; performing blood draws; and administering tests and questionnaires of research participants in the RADAR study with young people ages 16-29. The position’s specific activities include: following established protocols for collecting and handling biomedical specimen; performing blood draws; conducting study assessments; maintaining accurate; timely and detailed records of participant contact; maintaining and updating databases; and other project-related responsibilities.

Required Technical Skills
1. Collects and handled biomedical specimens.
2. Performs blood draws.
3. Interviews participants and obtains social and medical histories; based on results determines and registers participants with appropriate sponsors.
4. Completes informed consent; determines and organizes patient’s treatment and test schedules.
5. Confirms screening/eligibility requirements.
6. Registers participant with appropriate tracking database programs.
7. Collects data from medical records.
8. Conducts interviews.
9. Administers, schedules and scores tests.
10. Ensures that information is entered correctly into databases.
11. Works closely with the Biomedical Coordinator and Interview Coordinator to maintain project study flow.
12. Consults with nurses and physicians to determine pretreatment and eligibility requirements of protocol from completion to registration of participants.
13. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. A bachelor’s degree in a social or health science with phlebotomy certification/training and/or experience performing blood draws
Medical Assistant degree with 2-years practical experience in phlebotomy/research.
2. Must complete NU’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
3. Phlebotomy certification/training and/or experience with venipuncture and processing biospecimens.

Minimum Competencies:
1. Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/protocols/procedures.
2. Good communication skills; demonstrated effective spoken and written communication.
3. Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, and good follow-through.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Phlebotomy certification and experience in managing point-of-care laboratory testing of FDA-waived testing or laboratory testing classified as moderately complex;
2. Certification in safe shipping guidelines (DOT/Hazardous materials), universal precautions for collection and handling of biospecimens that may contain blood borne pathogens;
3. Experience working with LGBT youth;
4. Certification in HIV testing and counseling in Illinois;
5. Experience working in public health, psychology, and medical research;
6. Experience working in non-profit, community-based settings;
7. Experience recruiting and tracking study participants or experience with youth development and community outreach;
8. Knowledge of HIV and HIV risk among YMSM;
9. Knowledge of basic computer skills, familiarity with Windows environment;
10. Ability to work in a team environment;
11. Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.

Supervisor provides objectives, deadlines and specific instructions only for new, difficult, and/or unusual work. Work is reviewed upon completion and only occasionally to verify technical accuracy and compliance with practice, policy, and procedures. EE informs supervisor of on-going progress and/or potentially controversial matters. Some evening and weekend hours will be required.

Application Information: You may apply through the Northwestern University Human Resources website at

Instructions: Under SEARCH for JOBS & APPLY NOW, click on “External Applicants” . Go to “Advanced Search” and enter 24475 into the “Job Opening ID:”. You may also search for “Research Study Assistant” (Job ID 24475) posted on 08/15/2014.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Date Posted: 8/15/2014

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